Designing Infographics: Strategies and Easy Steps for Creating Clear, Impactful Graphics and Charts

November 14, 2018, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Graduate Students, Instructors

Designing a good infographic is an art. But with a few basic tools and some background knowledge, anyone can create a visual that clearly communicates a message. In this hands-on workshop, led by Digital Learning Services Senior Visual Designer Robert Hold, you'll learn the elements of good information design and how to use tools from the Adobe Creative Suite to achieve your goals.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn what an infographic is
  • Understand how to effectively use an infographic for academic content
  • Review and critique various samples of successful and unsuccessful infographics
  • Learn how to organize the content and materials for your project
  • Strategize on the direction and focus of your data and text
  • Decide what Adobe application(s) to use
  • Get an overview of:
    • the Charts & Graphs Tools in Illustrator
    • the Color Guide in Illustrator
    • Tables in InDesign
  • Select a color palette
  • Learn tips for selecting and using fonts in infographics
  • Learn tips for sourcing artwork and how to utilize what visual resources you already have
  • Learn how to check for accessible text in infographics using the color contrast tool

 Please bring a laptop and mobile device. A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP in advance.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on November 13, 2018 - 5:00pm.

Series description

In support of the campus-wide Discovery Experiences initiative, we're launching this series of workshops to help instructors develop rich, inquiry-based creative and artistic projects for their courses. The series is co-hosted by Arts+Design, the Center for Teaching and Learning, American Cultures Center, Digital Learning Services, the Library, and the Academic Innovation Studio.

Taught by staff and faculty experts from across campus, these workshops, open to all instructors, will address a wide variety of pedagogical and practical topics to help you get started and go further. Proposed topics include: 

  • Teaching Design Thinking
  • Basics of Information Design
  • Scientific Illustration
  • Critique as a Way of Learning
  • Campus as Canvas
  • Digital Life and Representation
  • Storytelling
  • Video Production and Field Recording Techniques
  • Digital Tools for Collaboration
  • Creating Successful Teams
  • Universal Design for Multi-modal Projects
  • Remixing and Sourcing Media
  • Fair Use and Copyright
  • Assessing Creative Projects
  • Digital Pedagogy

We will update this page regularly as new workshops get scheduled.

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